Center Line Independence Festival set for June

Center Line Independence Festival set for June

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published January 29, 2018

 Organizers of the third annual Center Line Independence Festival are already planning good times for residents and visitors June 7-10.

Organizers of the third annual Center Line Independence Festival are already planning good times for residents and visitors June 7-10.

CENTER LINE — It’s not too early to think about carnival rides, outdoor music, food, fun and fireworks.

Organizers of the third annual Center Line Independence Festival are already planning good times for residents and visitors June 7-10. The festival activities will run in Memorial Park Thursday through Saturday, while the adjacent carnival will be extended through Sunday this year.

The event is managed and organized by the nonprofit Center Line Festival Foundation, and it is supported through donations and business sponsorships. The foundation is seeking sponsorships that range from partners at $1,000 or more, to naming rights for the fireworks display, the event naming rights, stage naming rights, sponsorships of individual bands or entertainment providers, and smaller donations.  

“We’re pretty excited about it. Back in the ’90s, as a business association, we started a festival called Walk & Roll,” said Center Line Mayor Bob Binson, whose family owns Binson’s Medical Equipment & Supplies. “It was basically just a festival we had that went on around the fireworks for a few years.

“I was thinking it would be a nice thing to have a festival celebrating Center Line’s independence, because we’ve been pretty fiercely independent over the years — we like maintaining our independence over the surrounding communities — along with our nation’s independence,” Binson said.

Center Line City Manager Dennis Champine said the group has scheduled music and entertainment beginning the night of Thursday, June 7, with a “class reunion” theme and music from the 1950s through the ’80s.

“We encourage graduates from all the local high schools, such as Center Line, Lincoln and Tower, to bring groups together to listen to live bands,” Champine said. “We encourage people to dress in the style of sort of the ‘Grease’ days.”

“Flashback Friday” on June 8 will feature an evening of music from the bands Eastside Drive, American Band and Mega 80s.

“Saddle-Up Saturday” on June 9 will showcase country music, with Bob and Carl, the Cadillac Cowboys, and Drew Hale, followed by fireworks at 10 p.m. at the park.

There will also be pony rides, a Jedi Training Academy, square dancing and Cirque Amongus.

For more information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, visit centerlinefestival.org. Donations can also be sent in care of the Center Line Festival Foundation at City Hall, 7070 E. 10 Mile Road.